Cumbria

Car battery thefts spark Cumbria Police warning

Cumbria Police has renewed its warning about metal thefts after a number of car batteries were stolen.

The batteries were taken from the Civic Amenities Site in Frizington overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

The force is urging members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

It said that thefts of metal from schools, churches and community centres as well as cabling from rail tracks caused problems and disruption.

A spokeswoman said the high price of metal meant that criminals were going to "extreme lengths" to take it, risking electrocution or falling from a height.

Thefts often caused damage requiring costly repairs, or even the closure of a public facility.

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